Sunday, August 13, 2006

Tourists Trapped in Metro Elevator

The Washington Times reports:

D.C. firefighters [on Friday] rescued a family of five, including three children, who were trapped for more than two hours in an elevator about 65 feet below ground at a Metro station in Northwest.

Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said the family got stuck at 3:46 p.m., when an elevator serving the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan station stopped as it was heading up to street level.

Alan Etter, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department, said the family from the Dominican Republic included a 1-year-old boy and two girls, ages 9 and 12 years old.

"They were tourists here in D.C., and they were getting ready to go to the zoo," Mr. Etter said.


Three firefighters were lowered into the shaft on cables to assess the condition of the family members, who were outfitted with a harness and pulled up to street level individually after Metro officials were unable to get the elevator moving.


Firefighters brought up the mother first, then the children and the father last, Mr. Etter said.

He said the family was in good spirits through the ordeal and that the two girls seemed to enjoy the ride up the shaft.

He said the 1-year-old cried all the way up the shaft until he was reunited with his mother.


Metro operates about 250 elevators, of which about 20 are out of service on any given day, according to the agency's Web site at

The elevator at the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan station was expected to be out of service until at least Monday.

I've never taken a Metro elevator -- even when the Tenleytown escalators were out of service for a week -- they're just too creepy. Having 8% out of service on any given day isn't very reassuring either.

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